Texas LB Jordan Hicks out for year

Updated: September 23, 2013, 2:58 PM ET
By Max Olson | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Longhorns starting linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles injury during the Longhorns' 31-21 win over Kansas State on Saturday, the school confirmed.

The junior will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, ending his season early for a second consecutive year.

Hicks was leading Texas' defense with 41 tackles and recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss against Kansas State. He suffered the injury midway through the third quarter while covering K-State tight end Andre McDonald on a third down.

Hicks went down during the play and limped off the field. Shortly after the play, Hicks was carted to the locker room and ruled out for the rest of the game with what was believed to be a left ankle sprain.

He missed the Longhorns' final 10 games last season with a hip injury and received a medical redshirt. Because Texas' game against Ole Miss was its fourth of the season, Hicks may be eligible for another medical redshirt. Those are only given to players who appear in less than 30 percent of a season.

Hicks was a five-star prospect and the No. 4 recruit in the ESPN 150 when he signed with Texas in 2010. He has started 15 games and played in 32 in his career.

Texas also announced Sunday that quarterback David Ash is still being evaluated after missing the second half of the Kansas State game with concussion-related symptoms. Ash originally suffered the concussion two weeks ago against BYU and was held out of the second half after demonstrating head injury issues.

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